Monday January 22 2018
Marotta: ‘Juventus don’t need Balotelli’

Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta denies interest in Mario Balotelli - “he’s a profile we don’t need”.

British tabloid The Sun claimed today that a deal was practically done for the Nice striker, but the Bianconeri won’t be signing him when his contract expires in the summer.

“Beyond our affection and esteem [for him] it’s a fantasy football story, a hoax,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.

“He’s a profile we don’t need.

“[Stefan] De Vrij is a good player who was going to be free, but there's an agreement [with Lazio] and they've worked out an advantageous deal. He's not among our objectives.

“As for Emre Can he’s an important player who currently plays for Liverpool. We know his contract is expiring but he could renew or have other opportunities.

“We’ll try to bring him to us, we’ll try to take him, it’s a difficult objective but I think a big club has to have the ambition to achieve difficult objectives.

“The answer is the same for [Matteo] Politano. Sassuolo are a solid club, and if they haven’t sold him then they don’t need to. It’s nothing to do with us.”

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